DAVAO CITY – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) clarified that Mt. Apo is still in its normal state despite the series of earthquakes that jolted Mindanao region the past few days.

Phivolcs-Davao research assistant Chris Vidad said the public should not worry because it is clearly not connected with the volcano’s fault line.

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake, with a depth of only seven kilometers, struck Mindanao at 9:04 a.m. Tuesday, October 25, with the epicenter located 25 kilometers southeast of Tulunan, Cotabato. It was the second tremor to hit Tulunan in about two weeks.

Vidad also added that even if the volcano is located between Davao del Sur and Kidapawan City, the cities will not experience any activities that will cause eruption.

Phivolcs assured they are conducting continuous close monitoring on Mt. Apo’s volcanic activity due to separate active fault line near the volcano.

(With reports from Bombo Radyo Davao)